Chimpanzees are very strong and often exhibit violent behavior with age. When chimpanzees attack humans they bite body projections such as limbs, ears, nose and etc... The chimpanzees will also tear limbs with their hands. Chimpanzees are wild animals and while they can be taught to socialize should not be domesticated.
LaDonna and St. James Davis raised Moe the chimpanzee as a son. Moe was even dressed in a tux at the couple's wedding. St. James brought Moe home from a trip to Africa in 1967. Moe was an infant, measuring almost 12 inches with a pink face and light brown hair. The gentle well-behaved chimpanzee had his own bedroom. He slept in a bed and wore clothes like any little boy. Moe ate with a spoon and fork and even used the toilet.
Moe's first act of aggression came in 1998, when a welder was repairing his cage and left a piece of equipment turned on, which gave Moe a shock. Moe took off down the street, dented a police car, scratched an animal control officer and injured a police officer before the incident ended. A year later Moe bit the tip of a woman's finger when she stuck it in his cage.
Moe was eventually moved to an animal sanctuary. On a visit to the sanctuary, St. James was mauled by two other chimpanzees. Moe was in a cage at the time. The owner of the sanctuary shot one of the chimpanzees, while the second chimpanzee drug St. James off. Davis lived despite having his genitals, nose and buttocks gnawed and ripped off. He can no longer walk as his foot was mangled.
Sandra and Jerome Herrold adopted a three day old chimpanzee, named Travis. Travis could dress himself and ate at the table with the family. In 2009, Travis mauled Charla Nash, severely tearing her face off and both hands. Nash was a friend of the family.
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